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Flex route gantry over U.S. 23 lanes in Michigan
Highway Construction News July 25, 2017
Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Transportation started constructing what will be Michigan's first flex route. This new smart road traffic system will manage traffic congestion and promote safety on U.S. 23 just north of Ann Arbor, from M-14 to M-36 (9 Mile Road).   Orange barrels and...
Truck on highway
Safety News July 25, 2017
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is now using infrared technology to try to stop truck drivers with dangerously large loads from hitting freeway bridges and overpasses.   When trucks that are too tall slam into these structures, it can cause traffic tie-ups and congestion that impacts...

A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

Highway Construction Article July 05, 2017
MAINE: Up in salmon countryby Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   “Engineering used to be about mobility, but now it’s more about reliability and safety. Speed is not a primary concern for us.”   “Us” being the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), as exemplified by Chief Engineer Joyce...
Editorial/Commentary Article June 12, 2017
Roadway construction already is a dangerous working environment with over 700 fatalities annually in work zones alone. With connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) beginning to launch on our roadways, workers and motorists will have even more dangers facing them each day. Because the majority of...
Editorial/Commentary Article June 05, 2017
Years ago, you’d have to drive 50 miles on the interstate to see one.   Now, it seems, you can’t go five miles without getting tangled up in one.   They are roadway work zones, and they are here to stay for years to come, as part of the American landscape.   The significant increase in the amount...
Safety Article June 05, 2017
California’s S.R. 299 is the main east-west artery between U.S.101 in Humboldt County on the northwest coast and I-5 in the northern Sacramento Valley.   Although it is one of the most beautiful drives in California, nestled within dense forest land, the Buckhorn Grade portion of the route has long...
University of Minnesota construction zone alert app

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Safety News May 30, 2017
The University of Minnesota (U of M) Center for Transportation Studies has developed an app that will pair directly with technology in construction areas to alert drivers approaching work zones.   Workers can send messages to drivers as they approach construction zones. The idea is not for the...
Winter Maintenance Products May 23, 2017
The new Storm Seeker halogen headlamps from SnowEx offer significant durability and illumination improvements for users of SnowEx truck plows. The Storm Seeker headlamps are uniquely designed to reliably deter water ingression. The reflector-to-housing seal features a built-in vent that allows...
Safety News May 23, 2017
Today, 3M and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced they are partnering to utilize connected-vehicle technologies along more than three miles of I-75. Using roadway solutions from 3M, the current I-75 work zone in Oakland County will be transformed over the course of four...
Safety Products May 17, 2017
The T-Tab from TrafCo is a temporary flexible traffic marker with a roof-like feature that eliminates the need for the clear plastic cover that typically protects the reflective sheeting from oil and rock used during the seal coat process. With no clear cover to remove, the T-Tab reduces walking...

Image: Idaho Transportation Department

Safety News May 05, 2017
According to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), though crews are working to remove around 25 derailed rail cars from U.S. 95 about 10 miles north of Athol, both southbound lanes will remain closed for approximately two weeks.   Two-way traffic has been moved to the northbound lanes. ITD...

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Safety News April 28, 2017
New data from the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) shows traffic fatalities and serious injuries are declining on Montana roads. So far this year, there have been 36 traffic-related deaths compared to 52 at the same time last year.   In 2014, MDT launched Vision Zero, its mission to bring...
Safety News April 21, 2017
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has started another round of safety improvements on Rte. 130, the road dubbed the state’s most dangerous.   Rte. 130 has been repeatedly singled out by pedestrian-safety groups because of a high number of fatalities over the last few years.  ...

Image source: West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.)

Winter Maintenance News April 21, 2017
Two local landowners have teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in District 8 to improve safety on the notorious stretch of Highway 67 west of Granite Falls by building a permanent snow fence.   The landowners and MnDOT have installed a 1,500-ft fence, or approximately ¼...

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Road Construction News April 14, 2017
Seventy-four tribes across the U.S. were part of a $9 million award this week that will support 77 road-safety projects in 22 states.   The funds, which come from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) are dedicated to improving transportation...
Safety News April 07, 2017
The state of Tennessee has begun preparations to remove and replace the majority of the 1,700 Lindsay X-LITE guardrails on its roads system due to their alleged defectiveness. This decision has spurred further reports of traffic collision deaths caused by the guardrail in other states.   At least...

The I-55 Stevenson Expressway linking Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is one major project continuing for IDOT in 2017

Highway Construction Article April 03, 2017
Back in August 2016, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges covered the progress of Chicago’s Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction project. One of the signature accomplishments over the last year for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was the completion of the westbound flyover...

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Bridges News March 31, 2017
Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has declared a state of emergency for Fulton County, Ga., after a huge fire caused a bridge on I-85 to collapse in Atlanta on Thursday night.   With the heavily used road closed in both directions, Georgia transportation officials are telling drivers to find other options—from...
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